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July 11, 2014

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9:11 AM | WHO Epidemiology & Surveillance Update On Ebola – July 10th
@WHO & Partners Ebola Response In Guinea   # 8823     As we saw in our last World Health Organization update (July 7th), the number of new cases in Guinea continue to tumble, while Ebola continues to spread vigorously in neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia.  Over the past 7 days Guinea has only reported one new case, while 94 new cases have been reported in Sierra Leone (n=66) and Liberia (n=27).     Ebola virus disease, West Africa – […]
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8:21 AM | Mosquitoes infected Wolbachia more likely to transmit West Nile virus
Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and to transmit the virus to humans. The post Mosquitoes infected Wolbachia more likely to transmit West Nile virus appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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8:21 AM | Mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia more likely to transmit West Nile virus
Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and to transmit the virus to humans. Continue reading →
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4:55 AM | Wash. enviro agency spent $27,000 in tax dollars on anti-dog poop music video
Health folks should stick to public health, and forget the adventures into taypayer-funded feel-goodisms. According to SayAnythingBlog, critics are outraged after learning that a government agency tasked with cleaning up Washington’s Puget Sound spent $27,000 on a an anti-dog poop … Continue reading →
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4:25 AM | ‘Calif. totally different from Vegas’ Nem Nuong Bistro PIC speaks his mind
Nem Nuong Bistro on Spring Mountain has only been open for five months. Jonh Dang is the person in charge.  “When we open it, it’s 40 people. Now we have only 20 people. I fired a lot of people. They’re … Continue reading →
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4:16 AM | Criticism after E. coli outbreak
My food safety friend whom I’ve never met was in the UK press today, criticizing the failure to prosecute a catering firm blamed for an outbreak at the SSE Hydro. Around 22 people were infected, with three hospitalised, after people … Continue reading →
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1:05 AM | Till receipts – a new approach for investigating outbreaks?
Selecting suitable controls for outbreak investigations is often difficult and if done inappropriately will lead to biased inferences. Till receipts and other sales records are frequently available on food premises, but their applicability has not been fully explored. Using data … Continue reading →
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12:52 AM | UK owner counts cost of cockroach-infested takeaway
A takeaway owner whose shop was shut down by food safety inspectors after they found rodent droppings and cockroaches there has been ordered to pay almost £2,000. Erdem Sert, who ran Seven Sisters Kebabs + Pizza, in Seven Sisters Road, … Continue reading →
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12:48 AM | Hotel guests get sick at Orlando Marriott
An outbreak of gastrointestinal upset that affected several dozen guests who attended a conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott is under investigation by the Orange County Health Department, officials said Thursday. The guests stayed at the hotel between June … Continue reading →
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12:42 AM | Child dies from digestive infection at French camp
An 8-year-old child died at a camp in Ariège from “acute intestinal infection,” probably due to the ingestion of non-potable water. The center has closed until further notice, pending the results of analyzes of food served at holiday center and … Continue reading →
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12:21 AM | Is Foster Farms a food safety pioneer or a persistent offender?
Dan Charles of NPR reports that Foster Farms, a chicken producer in California, just can’t seem to stop bleeding bad news. An outbreak of Salmonella linked to Foster Farms poultry has sickened at least 621 people in 29 states and … Continue reading →

July 10, 2014

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11:59 PM | Weekly Weinersmith is back!
Zach and I are making an effort to get The Weekly Weinersmith back off the ground on a fortnightly or monthly […]
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11:10 PM | Health Canada’s quiet move to end use of antibiotics to fatten up animals
A cow can get penicillin without a prescription in most parts of Canada, unlike humans who have to see their doctors first. Farmers can simply go down to the local farm supply store and buy tetracycline and many other antibiotics … Continue reading →
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8:14 PM | Le Tour de Peat – Moorlands and the industrial revolution
The Tour de France this week traversed the peak of Holme Moss at 524 m as Stage 2 passed through the peatlands of the Southern Pennines from Yorkshire and into Derbyshire. As Blel Kadri led the other riders over the summit the quality of the soil could not have been further from their minds. …
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7:37 PM | Why Should We Trust Scientists?
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4:59 PM | WHO Clarifies A Media Report On MERS
Coronavirus – Credit CDC PHIL   # 8822   Earlier today a story filed by AFP and other media outlets apparently quoted a World Health Organization official in the Western Pacific as saying that MERS was `unlikely to spread in Asia’.   That story has been picked up, and rebroadcast, widely.  An excerpt from the AFP report follows:   MERS unlikely to spread in Asia: WHO expert July 10, 2014 1:50 pm MANILA - Asian countries should keep […]
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2:05 PM | Paper of interest: Whole genome and exome sequencing of monozygotic twins discordant for Crohn's disease
For those interested in microbiomes it is definitely worth looking at this paper: BMC Genomics | Abstract | Whole genome and exome sequencing of monozygotic twins discordant for Crohn's diseaseSimple summary - they have sets of identical twins where one twin has Crohn's and the other does not.  They looked for somatic mutations that could like the ones with Crohn's and did not find any.  Sure - a negative result.  Could be anything.  But the next obvious thing to do […]
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1:32 PM | Three Graphic Posts From Mackay
Credit VDU Blog # 8821   I’ve been remiss in not mentioning that Professor Ian Mackay is back after taking a short break, with several new posts utilizing some impressive presentation software to create interactive maps on Ebola and MERS. Follow the links below to view:   Ebolavirus disease (EVD) cases, clusters and outbreaks mapped out... Mucking about with MERS and maps... MERS-CoV in June/July...
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1:20 PM | The Tip of the Gutberg: The World’s First Map of the Patina of Feces
If one tells the story of the history of the Earth from the perspective of microbes, one of the great leaps forward was the evolution of animals with guts. From the microbial perspective, animals are wondrous contrivances that evolved for carrying their habitat, the gut, from one patch of food to another and keeping it safe. Guts are predictably full of food and, even when they are not, all one has to do is wait. They are also constant in their pH and other conditions. They are the perfect […]
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12:39 PM | Social media is a tool for food safety folks
The Internet is rife with examples of how to employ social media for food safety purposes. Good and bad. Folks that use Twitter or Facebook as a place to push messages out (like an old-fashioned brochure) haven’t quite figured it … Continue reading →
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11:43 AM | J. Virol: Continued Reassortment Of Swine Flu Viruses With Genes From pH1N1 In China
  # 8820   Big changes in influenza viruses – the kind that can create a novel, and potentially pandemic producing strain – come about through antigenic shift, also known as reassortment.  For shift to occur, two different flu strains must infect the same host simultaneously, and swap one or more gene segments.   Most reassortant viruses are evolutionary failures, but every once in awhile a more `fit’ virus emerges.   While seemingly an […]
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11:00 AM | Pictures Considered #18. Pictures of Shigella by Shiga
by Elio | The journal Zentralblatt für Bakteriologie, Parasitenkunde u. Infektionskrankheiten was one of the leading publication in the early days of Microbiology. Many of the great discoveries of microbial pathogens were published therein. An example is the 1898 Japanese microbiologist Kiyoshi Shiga account of his discovery of his eponymous bacterium…
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5:09 AM | TWiM #82: Betrayal and compromise
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson. Vincent, Michael, and Michele discuss how iron might disperse bacterial biofilms in carotid arterial plaques, and controlling Salmonella by modulating host iron homeostasis.   Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunes, via RSS feed, by email or listen on your mobile device with the Microbeworld app. Links for this episode Endosymbiont […]

July 09, 2014

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11:57 PM | ‘Natural’ helps sell $40 billion worth of food in the U.S. every year—and the label means nothing
Nothing makes Americans buy a food product quite like the fabulously ambiguous word “natural.” The top 35 health claims and food labels include words most anyone who has been to a supermarket in the past five years should recognize—ones like ”natural,” yes, but … Continue reading →
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11:49 PM | New Zealand fears over food regulation
Primary industry bosses fear New Zealand’s “world-class” food safety regulatory system is in danger of being swapped for a costly and inflexible set of rules, which do nothing to raise performance and will only dent competitiveness. An inquiry into food … Continue reading →
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10:58 PM | South Korea PM vows to improve food safety at school cafeterias
South Korea will prohibit food suppliers that fail to meet certain safety criteria from providing school meals, Prime Minister Chung Hong-won said Wednesday. “Food suppliers that fail to meet standards set forth by the HACCP system will not be able … Continue reading →
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10:55 PM | India bakery closed after food safety raids
The production centre and outlets of a city-based bakery-chain were closed down following raids conducted by food safety inspectors here on Tuesday. According to officials, they organised the raid after they received a complaint from the Accountant-General’s Office. Here, sandwiches … Continue reading →
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10:30 PM | Sanitizers not enough says UK; wash hands after visiting the farm
The UK Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding families about the importance of washing hands after visiting the farm. All animals naturally carry a range of organisms, some of which can be transmitted to people. Some organisms which may be … Continue reading →
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10:23 PM | Hawthorne effect: hand hygiene rates increase three-fold when auditors visible
Hand hygiene rates were found to be three times higher when auditors were visible to healthcare workers than when there were no auditors present, according to a study in a major Canadian acute care hospital. The study, titled, “Quantification of … Continue reading →
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6:26 PM | Meeting the MIQE Guidelines by Full Wet-Lab Validation
Quantitative PCR (qPCR) is a powerful tool in life science research. However, the data it generates can only be trusted if sufficient attention is paid to quality control and quality assurance at every step of the experimental workflow. One particular example underlines how wrong conclusions can be drawn from qPCR experiments that are not validated […]
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